Hot drinks seem to have a medicinal value. When winter rolls around, I consider these warm libations to be the original nighttime sniffling sneezing coughing aching stuffy head fever so you can rest medicine. This cocktail is from my book Savory Cocktails (Ulysses Press 2013).
Make the clove infused honey by gently warming ¼ cup honey with 1 tablespoon whole cloves. Let infuse about 1 hour then strain before use. This will make more than you need for one cocktail. Save the extra covered in a cool, dark place.
- 4 ounce strong, hot chamomile tea
- 2 ounce bols genever
- 2 cardamon pods
- 1 barspoon clove infused honey (see note)
- 1 thin sliced lemon wheel
Stir the tea and genever together in a heat proof mug or glass. Pinch the cardamom pods to slightly crush them and drop them into the hot drink; stir in the honey. Garnish with lemon. Let the flavors come together about 3 minutes. Serve warm.